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What is happening here!?? please help!!


Joined: Sep 21, 2011
Posts: 2
I live in Oklahoma and my house got hit by a tornado in the spring of '10, we re-built and had the yard re-sodded in November.  I live on 25 acres, but I only had sod placed around the house.  and since weve had a severe drought this summer, Ive been trying to keep the yard watered.  The East, West and South side of my yard looks fantastic.  Those are also the sides of my yard that dont really get any foot traffic.  The north side of my yard (front yard) looks like poop.  I slowed down on watering the yard in the last month because its gotten to be a real pain in the butt and my front yard never looked any better.  In fact, it got worse.  In the last month my front yard has really deteriorated while the rest of my yard still looks great.  I have some pics, and you can see below.  The problem part of the yard is really thick, but the grass is compact and matted to the ground. Im assuming that its because of foot traffic.  ..Im not sure what I should do here, so any advice would be awesome!!!

This picture looks East.  ..The left side of the pic is where the grass starts to get worse.  Off to the right, around the corner of the house, the grass is amazing.  This is where the split starts.  (ignore the dead tree, still lots of tornado damaged things to be cleaned up! lol)

The front yard

The front yard again


The west side of the house.  same watering/fertilizing schedule as the rest of the yard


Joined: Sep 21, 2011
Posts: 2
anyone? anyone?  Its only looking worse and I could really use some advice!! lol

Joined: May 24, 2011
Posts: 43
Location: Pennsylvania, Zone 5B
Did you read Paul Wheaton's article on lawn care?

Joined: Aug 31, 2011
Posts: 4
Looks like Bermudagrass.  It's just going dormant like it does in the Winter.  Away from the house where it is not getting relief from the sun and added water due to runoff it is struggling in these drought and extreme heat conditions.  You can or could have watered more and possibly improved the appearance but in the severe conditions we experienced it was probably best to back off the water and let it go dormant.  It's not dead and the good thing about Bermuda is that it  will quickly fill in any bare or thin spots.  Once the roots get established a little better it will become more resiliant.
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